Split Pea and Ham Soup

  • Author: Erin
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Ham and Split Pea Soup – a warm and cozy meal! Perfect for leftover ham!



  • 1 ham bone (preferably with some meat still on the bone)
  • water (about 8 cups or enough to cover your ham bone)
  • bay leaf
  • 1 lb split peas (soak in water overnight before using)
  • 34 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion (white would work too), diced
  • additional ham meat if there is not a lot on the bone


  1. Place ham bone in large soup pot or dutch oven (I used a 5.5qt dutch oven).
  2. Cover with water (about 8 cups) and add bay leaf.
  3. Place the cover on and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for approximately 3-5 hours.
  4. Remove ham bone and place on a large plate or baking sheet; set aside to cool.
  5. Strain remaining broth and place back in same pot.
  6. Prepare carrots, celery and onion while the ham bone cools then remove ham from ham bone (ensuring it is in bite-sized pieces).
  7. Add carrots, onion, celery and ham meat back into pot along with the split peas.
  8. Let simmer for 20-30 minutes or until peas are fully cooked and vegetables are soft.
  9. Serve immediately.


  • You do not HAVE to soak the split peas the night before, but if they are not soaked they will need to simmer for up to 1-2 hours.
  • If you don’t have enough ham on the bone, you can always add additional leftover ham. ¬†You can ultimately add as much or as little ham as you want.

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